In the last two weeks three new FDP studies were published:
Hernádi et al. investigated how intranasally administered oxytocin affects dogs reactions to the threatening approach of their owner and an unfamiliar experimenter. They found that dogsʼ behaviour towards a threatening human was influenced by intranasal oxytocin. The familiarity of the threatening human (owner/experimenter) had a modulating role, and owner-rated aggression of the dogs affects their reaction to a threatening human.
Tauzin et al. studied the meaning of referential human pointing for dogs. Results suggest that pointing refers to a direction or location for dogs, but only if they are addressed with ostensive cues that indicate the communicative intention of the signaler.
Bálint et al found that dogs avoid the food that is indicated by another (projected) dog’s gaze in a two-object choice task. Gazing cues may serve as competitive signals among dogs.